Planning obligations strategy

Planning obligations are sometimes known as planning contributions, developer contributions, section 106 agreements or planning gain. 

Planning obligations look at how facilities/services/assets are affected by a particular development. It looks at how this can be protected, enhances, maintained or where appropriate new provisions can be made. 

For example, when a new development takes place there may be a need to improve transport or expand education facilities. 

The County Council have undertaken a review of its Planning Obligations Strategy and the updated document was adopted as Council Policy on 12th September.

Planning Obligation Strategy update - May 2019

The County Council have amended the Statutory Education Provision section of the Planning Obligations Strategy (Appendix 5). This is to reflect the approach for calculating contributions as set out in the Department for Education’s Guidance Note ‘Securing Developer Contributions for Education’ which was published in April 2019. The updated section of the Planning Obligations Strategy will come into effect on Monday 13th May 2019.

The Updated Strategy (last updated May 2019) can be downloaded below:

Planning obligations may be needed where facilities/services/assets affected by a particular development are impacted. For example, when a new development takes place, there may be a need to expand transport or education facilities.

The aim of the Strategy is to provide a fair, consistent and transparent basis for the negotiation of planning obligations for those matters that affect the services and advice provided by the County Council.

The Updated Strategy sets out the context for seeking planning obligations and includes a series of tables that indicate:

  • current guidance
  • types of facilities for which provision may be required
  • types of development which may trigger need
  • forms in which contributions may be sought
  • thresholds for the size of development for which contributions would be sought
  • how costs are calculated.

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